In June, the Obama administration announced the availability of work permits and temporary legal status to undocumented immigrants who meet certain requirements. Those eligible for the permits must be younger than 30-years-old and have arrived in the United States before the age of 16. Immigrants must also have a clean criminal record and be a student, a high school graduate or have served in the military.
A four-year-old discrimination lawsuit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will be heard by a judge this month. The class action suit alleges Arpaio's office engaged in institutional discrimination against Latinos in Maricopa County and that the department's policy on undocumented immigrants led to the violation of U.
What happens when you cross borders and live between two different worlds? That's what UNR professor Debbie Boehm explores in her work. She's researched how the migration and deportation of Mexicans has affected their families and their communities in Mexico and America.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says there's no way Arizona's controversial SB 1070 immigration law can be enforced without racial profiling. He has also applauded a new law passed in California dubbed the "Anti-Arizona" bill that protects undocumented immigrants from status check by law enforcement. Villaraigosa was in Las Vegas this week to address the National Council of La Raza National Conference and he joins us.
The Supreme Court laid out one of its most anticipated decisions on Monday: whether or not Arizona cops could determine whether someone is an illegal immigrant under the so-called "show me your papers" law, SB1070. The Court upheld that main provision, but cut down three pertaining to the state.
The Obama administration made a bold move on Friday when it announced it would stop deporting some undocumented immigrants. In an executive order President Obama said young undocumented people who have no criminal background, came to the U.S. before they were 16 and who are in school can apply for work permits and be spared deportation for up to two years. In Nevada several DREAM Act supporters have rallied in support of the bill which would provide a path to citizenship for immigrants who came to the country as children and who serve in the military. We talk with undocumented students and a political expert about the ramifications of the Obama decision.
A new series on the Mexican election from Fronteras: The Changing America Desk explores the importance of the Mexican election on both sides of the border. We talk with two reporters from the series on how businesses and people on both sides of the border will be affected by the election.
Controversial Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio is being sued by the Department of Justice for allegedly discriminating against Latinos in Phoenix. The suit says the sheriff and his office have "engaged and continue to engage in a pattern or practice of unlawful discriminatory police conduct directed at Latinos in Maricopa County.
Utah looks odd sitting beside Arizona and Alabama but the federal government is now suing the Beehive State to strike down its immigration law. But this law is different from the more draconian laws that emphasize the need for immigrants to prove that they are legal residents.
Nevada Assemblywoman, Lucy Flores recently held a forum for citizens to address Metro police and local Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on safety in the community. Some residents said they had friends and family who were deported, despite having no criminal record.
What happens when you cross borders and live between two different worlds? That's what UNR professor Debbie Boehm explores in her work. She's researched how the migration and deportation of Mexicans has affected their families and their communities in Mexico and America. So how does continually crossing borders affect one's family, and one's sense of identity? How does transnationalism in Nevada affect a person's psyche? We talk with Debbie Boehm, a reporter who traveled with Guatemalan deportees, a law professor who studied kids whose parents were deported, and a woman fighting to keep her father from being deported.
As an answer to the Tea Party, an Hispanic activist in Las Vegas wondered out loud whether Latinos needed to form a similar movement to push for immigration reform and the DREAM Act. Dee Dee Garcia-Blase, founder of the nation's largest Republican Hispanic group, Somos Republicans, took the idea and formed The National Tequila Party Movement.
Texas Rep. Ron Paul has announced he will seek the Republican nomination for President in the 2012 election. He's been called the Tea Party godfather and one New York Times writer says Ron Paul was Tea Party before Tea Party was cool. Paul has long been an advocate for smaller government in Washington and supports legalizing heroin and ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ron Paul joins us in studio.
In Mexico tourist zones like Rocky Point and Cancun, drug violence, which has for the most part not been evident in these areas, is starting to find its way into areas where many Americans visit. Meanwhile in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas mass graves have been discovered revealing about 183 victims of drug violence.
Arizona passed a controversial immigration law that sparked outrage in that community. But, in Utah legislators have taken an approach that combines support for undocumented immigrants while at the same time cracking down on enforcement. Two bills were passed in Utah's legislature, one creates a guest worker program for immigrants and another is similar to Arizona's controversial S.B. 1070 an would allow police to check the immigration status of suspected undocumented immigrants. We talk with one Utah lawmaker and an immigrants rights advocate about Utah's approach to dealing with immigration.
Arizona, and many more states across the country, are pushing forward with their own immigration laws. They're frustrated the federal government is not doing something about the issue. We'll look at the latest bills in Arizona's legislature as well as debate the true cost of having so many undocumented workers in America.
There are some communities in California and Arizona where Hispanics are using cell phones, texting and social media, to mobilize and even avert law enforcement efforts to find undocumented immigrants. We look at how technology is changing the way people protest and fight against racial profiling.